Wednesday Kickoff: Davies returns to France, Turkey hires Hiddink and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Davies returns to France, Turkey hires Hiddink and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Davies returns to France, Turkey hires Hiddink and more


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Some four months after a fatal car accident that nearly cost him his life, Charlie Davies has taken the major step of returning to France for the next stage of rehabilitation from multiple injuries suffered in the October wreck.

Davies recently underwent what is expected to be the final surgery associated with the accident, a procedure to remove a bone, plate and screws from his left elbow, and will now rejoin club team Sochaux for the final stages of his rehabilitation.

Davies has been targeting an April return to action, but he will first have to see how his surgically-repaired body reacts to on-field activities and training.

Here are some other stories to get your Wednesday going:


Well-traveled head coach Guus Hiddink has found his latest destination: Turkey.

The Turkish national team has hired Hiddink to lead it in qualifying for the 2012 European Championships, inking the former Russia, Australia and South Korea head coach to a two-year deal.

Hiddink will not take over the job until August, so he won't be on the sidelines for Turkey's May friendly against the United States, the final friendly for the USA before the World Cup.


Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson return to action today as they lead Aris FC into Greek Cup action against Skoda Xanthi. Adu is coming off his first start for the Greek club, a match that saw him score his first goal in two years.

Today's match is scheduled for a 9am kickoff so feel free to start the feed hunt immediately.


The New York Red Bulls' search for central midfield depth has led them to Honduran Maynor Suazo. The 30-year-old former Honduran national team midfielder has joined the Red Bulls in Florida for a trial.

Suazo spent six seasons playing for SV Salzburg and most recently played for Antalyaspor. He hasn't played professionally since May of 2008, after which he spent a year sidelined after right knee surgery. He has spent the past eight months looking for a club.

If his name rings a bell, it's because he was once regarded as one of Honduras' best young prospects, a player who earned a role on the national team at a very young age. He also happens to be the player who's foul set up Clint Mathis' game-winning free kick goal in the U.S. national team's World Cup qualifying win vs. Honduras in San Pedro Sula in 2001.


The Kansas City Wizards' international makeover looks set to continue as the club is expected to sign Moldovan winger Igor Kostrov to a new deal. A 22-year-old midfielder capable of playing on either flank, Kostrov has been on trial with the Wizards this pre-season.

The Wizards have been busy adding foreign talent this off-season, with Danish goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, Guadeloupan midfielder Stephane Auvray, Colombian defender Pablo Escobar and now Kostrov.


What do you think of these developments? Starting to believe Davies will be back for the World Cup? Wishing Hiddink was going to be on the sidelines for the USA friendly? Think Adu can keep it going in Greece?

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